"Carrots are a fruit": 4 strange things that people believe in other countries

1 Pluto Is Still Considered A Planet In Illinois And New Mexico

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For a long time – at least since 1930 – it was believed that there are nine full-sized planets in our solar system, and the last of them is Pluto. But then astronomers discovered many more celestial bodies beyond its orbit, which were not much inferior to its size: Eris, Makemake, Haumea, Quaoar, Sedna and others.

Astronomers have decided that it is not worth increasing the number of planets in our system to 15+. It’s better to simply call Pluto and bodies similar to it dwarf trans-Neptunian objects and forget about it.

In general, on August 24, 2006, he was deprived of the status of the planet. Pluto, apparently, was rather indifferent to this news. But on Earth, not everyone was ready to put up with the new state of affairs.

So, in the state of Illinois, the US House of Representatives officially adopted a resolution , according to which on their earth Pluto will always be considered not some kind of dwarf planetoid, but the most complete planet . They did this in honor of its discoverer – astronomer Clive Tombaugh, who was a native of the state.

Along with Illinois, a similar resolution was approved in New Mexico, since he lived and worked there for a long time. So, once in those parts, to the question “How many planets are in the solar system?” answer “Nine!”, otherwise you will offend the locals.

And by the way, in 2006, the American Dialect Society named plutoed, or “bluff”, that is, lower someone in status, the word of the year.

2. Carrots can be considered a fruit in the EU

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It would seem that everything is simple: carrots are a biennial vegetable crop with an edible root crop. But in the territories of the EU countries, it is legally defined as a fruit. True, there is one important condition.

According to Europeans, a carrot is considered a fruit when jam is made from it.

Yes, the Portuguese have a traditional dish – sweet jam or jam from this root vegetable . They are happy to eat this thing themselves, and even export it to everyone who wants to try it too. They say it’s very tasty.

But there is one catch: according to EU food standards, any jam or jam must be made from fruit. Revising these standards is a hassle. And to keep Portugal’s carrot and jam industry out of legal trouble, European Union officials have allowed the root vegetable to be considered a fruit rather than a vegetable.

By the way, the directive of December 20, 2001 also prescribed to include tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, watermelon, rhubarb, melon, ginger and sweet potatoes in this category – but only if you cook jam from them. If you eat raw or as part of other dishes, so be it, you can consider them vegetables, berries – whatever you want. This is parsley.

3 Brazilians Think They Invented The Airplane Before The Wright Brothers

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If you ask a person with even the slightest knowledge of the history of aviation who made the first flight on an apparatus heavier than air, the answer will be: “ The Wright brothers !” It was Wilber and Orville Wright who created the first aircraft.

However, the people of Brazil have their own view on this matter. They consider a native of their homeland, Alberto Santos-Dumont, to be the pioneer of aviation.

The Wright brothers flew in 1903, Santos Dumont in 1906. By the way, he could consider himself the first quite sincerely, because the news about the success of the Wrights did not reach him. But now we can compare the dates and determine who is first, right?

However, the Brazilians do not agree. They cite the following observations as evidence.

Firstly, the Wright apparatus could only take off with the help of a launch wheeled cart. He accelerated on her, and then disconnected and left her on the ground. Santos Dumont, on the other hand, had normal wheels, and the device calmly took off by itself, without a catapult. Secondly, the brothers’ glider flew well only with a fair wind, and Alberto’s unit could soar into the air even with complete calm.

In general, the Brazilians are sincerely convinced that the Wrights cannot be considered the first aircraft builders – can their flying whatnot be called an airplane? But the Brazilian Alberto Santos Dumont is a real first pilot. So what if he built his apparatus in France – still a fellow countryman!

Brazilians love their Alberto Santos Dumont so much that the Wright brothers are not even mentioned in the history books. Who cares what these Americans came up with?

4. The US and Canada are confident they won the War of 1812

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While in 1812 the Russian Empire fought off the onslaught of Napoleon, on the other side of the globe there were their own showdowns. From June 1812 to February 1815, the United States and Canada fought, and they still cannot decide who won.

Three decades before these events, the United States drove out Great Britain from its land during the War of Independence. However, Canada remained a colony. The British were then at war with France. The United States, demonstrating how indifferent to the problems of the former owners on another continent, openly traded with Napoleon.

In general, Britain was fed up with this, and she used her fleet, based in Canada, to seize American merchant ships carrying goods to Napoleon. They explained their aggression by the fact that deserters who evaded the war with France were allegedly hiding there. At the same time, under the same pretext, the crews of requisitioned American ships were promptly drafted into the army and forced to serve in the English fleet.

The United States could not endure such impudence for long and sent troops to Toronto, then called York, to deal with the British.

And at the same time, “liberate Canadian neighbors from the British yoke,” as then President Thomas Jefferson put it.

The British also sent an expeditionary force to repel the aggression of the rebellious colony, as they still thought of the United States. And somehow the two armies missed each other , that the troops of the United States under the command of General Dearborn captured York and its military depots, and the English corps of Admiral George Coburn occupied Washington. And having decided that to walk is to walk, they burned the White House. So they wanted to show these upstart Americans that they would have no democracy and no power but the British crown.

In the end, leaving York, the United States still drove the British out of Washington, and so England finally lost its overseas colonies. But there is still a dispute between Canada and the United States over who won.

The Americans think they did because they were able to defend their independence and recapture Washington from the British. Canadians, on the other hand, consider themselves the winners, since the United States could not keep the captured Toronto. However, as a result of the Treaty of Ghent, pre-war borders were restored between the countries, so, arguing objectively, friendship won.

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